I can’t reinforce this enough as a lot of expats fall foul of things because of a lack of knowledge. It frustrates me when I hear people blaming the country yet it was their own ignorance and assumptions that got them into a mess.
The Philippines like most developing countries have some stark differences to what you are use to. I highly recommend a blank piece of paper or a notebook and listing what you want to know. Then researching each item to find out the facts behind it. Do they have Western foods or am I stuck on a local diet? What is the local diet? How far to the nearest hospital? How good is the hospital? Does my medical insurance company operate in this country? all these sort of questions you should be listing and then seeking the answers. If you have a list of questions please feel free to email me them and I will go through them one by one.
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